Vote By Mail provides a convenient and secure alternative to voting in-person. Vote By Mail, formerly known as Absentee Voting, is available to all qualified, registered Hillsborough County voters. New legislation went into effect on January 1, 2014, that allows voters to sign an affidavit if they forget to sign the Voter's Certificate. This affidavit must be completed and returned no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
Click on any topic below to get answers to the questions most often asked about Vote By Mail:
What is Vote By Mail?
Vote By Mail is a method of voting that gives you the comfort and convenience of receiving and marking your ballot in the privacy of your own home. With Vote By Mail, you don't have to travel to your Election Day precinct, or to an Early Voting location!
What's the difference between Vote By Mail and voting absentee?
Voters no longer need to be physically "absent" to Vote By Mail. All registered voters can request, receive and return a Vote By Mail Ballot.
How do I request a Vote By Mail ballot?
1. Online : Vote By Mail Ballot Request
2. By Phone: (813) 612-4180
3. By E-mail: mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org
4. By Fax: (813) 744-5843
5. In Person: At any of our Supervisor of Elections Offices
*Please include the voter's name, address and date of birth with the request*
BALLOTS ARE NOT FORWARDABLE - Be sure to provide your current mailing address.
You can also visit one of our offices and receive a Vote By Mail ballot in person at any time prior to Election Day. New legislation which went into effect January 1, 2014 specifies that Vote By Mail voting and ballot pick up on Election Day is only permitted in case of emergency. A voter or voter's designee must sign an affidavit affirming that the voter is unable to go to his or her polling place on Election Day due to an emergency and provide the reason for the emergency. This affidavit and the information provided becomes a public record when submitted to the Supervisor of Elections. A voter who willfully affirms falsely to any affirmation in connection with an election can be convicted of a felony of the third degree, punishable pursuant to Florida Statutes 104.011 and 104.041.
How can I return my Vote By Mail ballot?
1. By Mail: Just use the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope provided with your ballot
2. In Person: At any of our Early Vote Sites
3. In Person: At any of our Supervisor of Elections Offices
To return your voted mail ballot, insert it in the secrecy envelope, then place the secrecy envelope in the return envelope. After you seal the return envelope, sign and date the back of the envelope. A voted mail ballot cannot be accepted at a polling place on Election Day.
Can a family member request my ballot for me?
Only your immediate family or legal guardian can request a Vote By Mail Ballot for you. Immediate family members include: spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling, or legal guardian. The request from your immediate family member must include: voter's name, address and date of birth, and the requester's name, address, driver license number (if available), relationship to the voter, and signature.
Can someone else pick up my mail ballot for me?
Yes. Beginning five days before Election Day, you may designate a person to pick up your Vote By Mail ballot. Your designee will need a written request from you and a photo ID and will be asked to complete this Affidavit to Pick-up an Absentee Ballot for a Voter. If you have not already requested a ballot, the Affidavit must be accompanied by this completed Vote By Mail request.
To receive a Vote By Mail ballot on Election Day, you must also complete the Election Day Absentee Ballot Delivery Affidavit to affirm that you have an emergency keeping you from being able to go to your assigned polling place to vote. NOTE: Any person who provides or offers to provide, and any person who accepts, a pecuniary or other benefit in exchange for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, delivering, or otherwise physically possessing more than two absentee ballots per election in addition to his or her own ballot or a ballot belonging to an immediate family member, except as provided in F.S. 101.6105-101.695, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in F.S. 775.082, 775.083 or 775.084. (Effective January 1, 2014)
Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Written communications to or from the Supervisor of Elections regarding business constitute public records and are available to the public and media upon request unless the information is subject to a specific statutory exemption. Therefore, your e-mail address and message may be subject to public disclosure.